“You Can Do It” 2016 MLK Day of Service
On MLK Day, Monday, January 18th, the Youth Group used their day off from school as a day “on” to help the Cape Cod community. There was a little bit of hesitation on whether or not the event would actually occur since we received a few inches of snow the night before, but weather and cold couldn’t stop our Youth and Youth across the Cape from coming together to make an impact in our community.
John Wesley’s Youth (grades 5 and up) and volunteers arrived at John Wesley at 7:30 am where they then carpooled to the Hyannis Youth & Community Center. After introductions, a group photo and quick snack, it was off to serve! There were seven stations assembled around the gymnasium where children/youth would make handmade goods from recyclable goods. Our group of 15 kids split up and started working at various stations. Some of the stations included making a jump rope out of plastic grocery bags, painting tin can plant containers, plastic bottle bird feeders, no-sew fleece blankets and more. All of the items were donated to local organizations that assist baby, children and family centers and nursing homes.
We definitely have some artistic youth at John Wesley! The paintings/drawings were intricket and meaningful. Others of our youth were very systematic and efficient while making jump ropes and blankets. They youth learned how everyday, common goods can be used for an alternative purpose that can bring joy and happiness to others.
Once we wrapped up, we made our way back to John Wesley where we re-energized and refueled with pizza…then it was time for the season’s first snow ball fight! A special thank you to our awesome chaperons/adult volunteers, Jack and Susan Gardner, Tiffany Van Mooy and Anthony Watkins! The youth had a blast with you! Also, thank you to the Leonard’s for letting us use their van!
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